If only we had more Spring weather! March has definatly been a rollercoaster with the weather! Tuesday it was about 43 degrees outside and we thought it would be a good day to do some Easter activities with our kiddos. Asher & Jade are 3 weeks apart. They are 21 & 22 months old. These are the 3 activities we did with them. It was such a fun day! I love watching Asher & Jade grow and interact with one another. These too are very funny to watch as well. They literally fight like they are sibling's and know how to push each others buttons. At the end of the day though they are so loving to one another. Jade more than Asher. Since Jade was little before she leave she always gives Asher a hug. Asher's reply is usually "NOOOO" and maybe a little nudge to go away. He is finally warming up to the idea and Tuesday he let her hug him without a fuss! Watching these two is preparing me for what my husband and I's lives are going to be like in May once our little girl makes her arrival!
Some of these activities were a huge success and others not so much. But we all had a lot of fun!
Asher loves to be messy. He loves dirt, sand, mud, or anything in general that makes a mess. Miss Jade prefers to keep clean. This was a fun experience watching Asher play in the cool whip & food coloring. While Jade watched Asher make a mess! They did roll the eggs around for a little, but I think they are still a little young so grasp the concept!
Easter Trail Mix:
Every holiday I make the kiddos a trail mix! Tuesday these two very nicely shared a bowl of trail mix! Link below to the recipe. What a gentleman letting Jade have the chair !
Eggs & Straws Activity:
The goal was to balance the eggs on the straws. The kids just enjoyed pushing the straws the whole way through the box. They had a blast with it! Asher was stacking the eggs & counting while doing it. Proud Momma moment when he counts!
I think the Egg Hunt was the kids favorite. Asher kept saying "more" once we were finished. He may or may not have tried to steal some of Jade's eggs. Jade was so sweet and placed eggs in his basket for him because he wanted them. I see a lot of differences between little boys and little girls when these two are together.
We did the egg hunt in my backyard. My backyard is fenced in which is AMAZING! We let them out back and they took off after the eggs. I was so amazed that at just under 2 they knew what to do. So mind blowing how smart our little ones are! Here's a list of what we filled our eggs with.
Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!!!
If there's one thing that I am learning quickly in my 21 months of experience as a mother is that kids accumulate alot of "stuff". This "stuff" gets brought into the house and there it sits. Sometimes things find a home, but sometimes there's "stuff" that just doesn't have a home.
After Asher's first Christmas I realized there was an overabundance of things in his playroom. After his playroom flooded I was beyond overwhelmed trying to clear out the room because there was just so much. Alot was damaged or ruined from the water and I thought we had thrown out a good majority because it no longer worked. Well once putting the room back together I was wrong. It was so overwhelming finding a place for everything.
So my new goal for holidays, birthdays, or "treats" (when at the store) is to try and make them useful. For Easter I knew I did not just want to fill a basket of random things for Asher. I wanted things I knew he needed or things I knew he would play with. My child loves to be outside. I mean LOVES! He does not care how cold it is or how hot it is. He is an outside child which I love. Asher does not have alot of outside toys and the older he gets he needs more age appropriate toys! So I made him an outdoor Easter basket!
I hardly spent any money as well! I can not wait to see his face on Easter day!
I'm pretty sure I say it everytime I make Asher trail mix's.... but I'll say it again, I love making these! Super easy and so convenient to have on hand! I do one for each holiday. Asher loves them as well. So here's out Easter trail mix!
Mix all together. Place in snack baggies!
Great to throw in the diapar bag and on the go!
Since the Oatmeal breakfast bites were a big hit, I figured why couldn't I make pancake bites as well? These turned out to be a big hit as well! As I have said before I love being able to make a big batch of something and freeze a majority of them. I just pull out of the freezer and place into the fridge when I want to use them. You can keep food items frozen for quite some time!
2 Cups Flour
2 TBSP Sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 3/4 Cup Buttermilk
3 TBSP Butter ; Melted
The other day I really wanted to make pancake bites for Asher but did not have alot of time. Here is a quick recipe if you don't have time to make them from scratch! They honestly are just as good!
2 Cups Aunt Jemima Pancake mix
1 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
1 TBSP Sugar
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Let's start from the beginning so everyone knows the story! 2 years ago my husband and I purchased a home built in 1962. It was a "Hud" home and best way to explain it is that it was like a foreclosure. The house needed ALOT of work! With a small budget and 30 days to have it completed we transformed every room in this house!
Our son was born June 2016. After his first Christmas I was so overwhelmed with all of his toys! There needed to be a designated place in the house for all of these toys. *Side note* I am a very organized/ everything needs a place kind of person. So this mess scattered all throughout our home drove me nuts!
We have an unfinished basement. How perfect! My husband and I went to Home Depot, got our supplies, & now it's time to build Asher a playroom! It took us sometime, but right before Asher's 1st birthday we had a playroom. All of those birthday toys went to the playroom.
I had big hopes of this playroom. I wanted to do certain things and had a big vision. Well that vision was bigger than our bank account. I bought a few items to help with storage of the toys, but honestly everything was just thrown down there. It didn't bother me though because Asher loved his playroom and when we had guests over it's not like they saw the room.
Jan 2nd 2018 we started off the New Year with a pipe bursting in our home. It was an awful experience. The whole basement was under water, along with our living room, which is where the pipe that had burst was located. Asher's whole playroom was floating. Everything he had just received for Christmas was ruined.
We literally finished the playroom 6 months ago and now it was under water. It was heartbreaking watching them carry the carpet out, cutting the dry wall, and throwing out a majority of my son's toys. All the sleepless nights my husband and I spent down there making that room for our son. We decided it would be a much faster process if we just "cashed out" the rooms and did all the work ourselves. Which it was so much quicker! Best decision ever!
With this playroom I knew I had to approach it differently. Not only was the first playroom an unorganized, throw toys everywhere mess, but we are expecting a little girl in May. Some say I jumped the gun way too quickly on this, but hey, I am not redoing this playroom for years! Like i'm talking once the kids are teenagers and this playroom is no longer "cool". I'm over it. Haha. So here is the reno of the playroom yet again. This time I hired a Interior Decorator! We made a his & her playroom and I absolutely love it!
My interior decorator is so talented! I have so many wonderful things to say about her! She has wonderful taste and understands I am on somewhat of a budget! Together we went and purchased all the items and set the whole room up. She did 2 other rooms in my house as well that I absolutely love!
This is the best before picture I had. This is with all of the water and what Asher's first playroom looked like.
This is during the renovation. 2 ft of drywall and insulation had to be cut out because of the water.
I would of loved to of changed the color of the playroom! For some reason we had unopened paint left over from the first time around, so to cut costs it remains blue.
All of the items for the playroom were purchased at Target, HomeGoods, or Amazon. 3 of my favorite stores!! Asher loves his new playroom! I think his favorite part is the chalkboard wall! Which you can see daddy has enjoyed that wall himself.
Links to where I got the Teepee's & Kids Table:
Every holiday I like to make Asher a special "toddler mix" as I like to call it. You have probably seen my other mixes I have posted on here. If not and you want to check them out go under categories and then toddler foods.
This mix did not go as planned. Of course for St. Patrick's Day I wanted a lot of green. Well the bags of ingredients I bought ended up lacking green. Go figure. But I made what I had work!
This mix does have a lot more sugar than I typically would like.
What I love about making these trail mixes, is that they are already prepared and such an easy grab & go to through in the diaper bag when heading out! Also I never know what snack Asher may be in the mood for. With a trail mix he has a variety of snacks!
Place all ingredients in a bowl. Mix them all together. Place a handful in a snack baggie!
I ended up adding Goldfish. I felt like the mix was missing something. It needed more color and just more food.
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I knew the day was coming. It had been about 2 months that I have been doing a meal prep every sunday for our lunches during the week. We have been having salad every day for 2 months for lunch. I have switched up the salads every week. I can honestly live off salad. I really do love salad! I knew it was coming and today he finally said it. Husband: "I'm over salad, I am not a rabbit, Can we please have something else for lunches". I can't believe he made it 2 months!
I started making these snack boxes as well. They have been a huge hit and very convient! Literally if the food is not already in baggies and all together in one box and all you have to do is grab and go, It wont get eaten. I am guilty of this as well sometimes due to lack of time in the mornings.
Well as I opened the cabinet today I found alot of great things I could used and create3 an Adult Lunchable! I ran to the store for the fresh items and came back to assemble this weeks meal prep!
If you have been following my meal prep you have realized lunch almost always consists of a salad. Under categories you can find our 3 favorite salads that we have been having for lunches. Switching up our salads help us not get bored with eating so many salads. If the salad is not prepped though and in its special containers and all the extra add ins right there, no one will eat salad in my house. This week is taco salad!
These turned out way better than I expected. I never understood the purpose of a shadow box. I always questioned "what do I put in there". Well I can't even take full credit for this. My best friend sent me a snapchat of the shadow boxes she made for her daughter and I loved them! So we got together and she let me see the items she enclosed and told me what boxes to buy and where. So this is my take on the shadow box! Hopefully this gives you ideas if this is something your looking to do.
A trip to Michael's and I found all the supplies I needed.
After we brought Asher home I started a file in the filing cabinet with his name on it. I had so many papers from the hospital, along with our bracelets. I pulled this file out and instantly found items I wanted to use! I knew I wanted to save our hospital bracelets but had no idea what to do with them! I also saved the card that stayed in Asher's bassinet at the hospital, but yet again no idea what to do with these things.
Items in Box:
I already had a game plan for this box. I knew I could place both his outfits from his first birthday! My best friend told me to add the invitation and I copied her with the wooden 1.
Items in box:
I plan to make these for our little girl as well! These are a great way to store the items you want to keep but have no idea where to put them so they wont get lost. This is also a great keepsake for the kids once they are grown!
Now that Miss Aubriella is here I finally got around to making her Newborn shadow box!
I did the same thing with Aubriella; started a file in the filing cabinet with everything that I brought home from the hospital.
Items in Box:
Momma of 2